Allergies and intolerance of a wide variety of commonly used ingredients of food have become more of a norm as more and more people are finding out these ingredient are responsible for gastronomical conditions. Some people think we are being too picky by wanting to eliminate certain items as those without these kind of reactions do not understand the possibly serious, or at least humiliating reactions we get.
Some people are getting gas/flatulence, constipation, rashes and other reactions that are either serious or just unwanted systems in response. If you are allergic to these items you will have serious reactions and need to see a doctor, and/or maybe go to the emergency room based on the type of reaction. However, if you have intolerance, you can react with constipation, or diarrhea, gas/flatulence, or other not so serious, but definitely humiliating effects. Know that these are not the only allergens, or intolerance ingredients for many. Others have sensitivities to Nuts, and a few others.
As one of the many with humiliating reactions to these ingratiates, I have done research, and store hunting to find options of food both delicious and within my restriction. Some brands make stuff just for us with Egg, Gluten, Soy and Dairy Sensitivities. I have listed below some of my favorites that make all the products free of these ingredients.
Vega – All in One Nutritional Shakes, Vega One Bars, Yogurt, Vega Sports Bars, Vega protein bars, and almost anything else under the sun they make. All of Vega products are Gluten Free, Egg Free, Dairy Free, and Soy Free. They have a long list of maybe 25 vitamins and minerals that make even the “candy” bars healthy. For those who love chocolate, I recommend the Vega One Chocolate Caramel Bars.
Daiya– Cheeses, Pies, Mayonnaise, Salad Dressings, and many other type products are all low in fat compared to old fashion of the same product, are Gluten Free, Egg Free, Dairy Free, and Soy Free.
Ian- Chicken Nuggets, Chicken Tenders, Fish Sticks, and other meats are all made Gluten Free, Egg Free, Dairy Free and Soy Free. They make our old favorites like chicken nuggets with breading so it will taste like delicious fried food we all love, but be on the diet within our restrictions. I love making buffalo nuggets from the chicken nuggets and Frank’s Red Hot Sauce. If the hot sauce is too hot, melt a little bit of butter in it, adding more, until it is at the spicy level in which you can handle.
So Delicious– Well, the name gives it away. It is So Delicious food that includes Yogurt, Ice Cream, and other “dairy” products that are made Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Soy Free and Egg Free. I love the ice cream as they come in many favorite flavors like chocolate, rocky road, vanilla and many more. So Delicious does not make them as nutritious as Vega does, but taste is a perk.
These are not the only brands that make food free of the four allergens, but are my favorite when it comes to being delicious and nutritious. If you are located in Texas, H.E.B. in the higher income areas tend to have many of the brands above, but not as much as Sprouts, or Whole Foods. There are some things one of the three stores carry, but not the others. I like shopping at all three of the stores to get all items made by So Delicious, Vega, Vega One, Ian, and Daiya. By going to H.E.B., Whole Foods, and Sprouts, I have found all products, as far as I know, made by them. Some stores will have products the others do not but together they seem to carry almost all products under the sun that is free of the allergens. If you want to lose weight while staying free of these allergens, Vega is the best choice. They have meal replacement shakes that you buy as powder, and mix in hot drinks like milk or coffee to feel full while only getting 170 Calories. I like to combine it with Oh Yeah! Shakes that have 26 Vitamins and Minerals, high protein and only 200 Calories. When you consider the amount of nutrients with the number of calories, these are the healthiest choices as far as I know. Most meals have at least 500 Calories, even cooked at home. You really cannot beat this.
Other things you can try are by “LivFit” brand that makes super food shakes which tastes like green tea. If you add it to green tea, it will only taste better and not have the “healthy” taste. Another is “Lean and Fit” brand of all in one nutritious shakes, which I love the vanilla, that has fat burning ingredients, vitamins and minerals, and is filling.
By consuming these products, I have lost 160 Lbs, while sticking to my limited menu. I lost the most weight, 5 lbs a week, when I stayed on a vegetarian diet that eliminates all protein containing food like beans, meat, fish, and so forth. You will get your daily protein intake in the Oh Yeah! Shakes, and/or Vega Shakes so it is no need to worry. There are tons more calories in meats, and other protein containing food than in vegetables, fruit and other non-meat items.
I also limited my carbohydrate intake when on the vegetarian diet as going vegetarian makes eating more carbs a bigger temptation. Like any other diet that works when trying to loose weight, you will need to stay free of sugar other than the natural sugar in fruit. I wish you luck in your weight loss goal, and hope you enjoy these tasty, allergy free foods. Thanks for reading!